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Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Gordon Proposes a Flank Attack

 
 
John Gordon Proposes a Flank Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
1. John Gordon Proposes a Flank Attack Marker
Inscription. On the morning of May 6, Confederate General John B. Gordon occupied the far Confederate left, in this vicinity, with his brigade of Georgians. Gordon reconnoitered to his left and front and discovered the Union right flank to be vulnerable to an attack. This might be the opportunity to break the stalemate north of the Turnpike!

Gordon's superiors, Ewell and General Jubal A. Early, hesitated to authorize an advance until they knew without a doubt that such a bold maneuver would not unduly threaten the security of the Confederate line. Late in the afternoon, Gordon at last received permission to go forward. The final drama of the Battle of the Wilderness was about to begin.
 
Location. 38° 19.464′ N, 77° 45.925′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Constitution Highway (State Highway 20), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is in Wilderness Battlefield at stop 6 of the Gordon Flank Attack trail, near Driving Tour Stop Two (the Exhibit Shelter). Marker is in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fighting on the Evening of May 5, 1864 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wilderness Battlefield Memorial
Gordon Flank Attack Trail - Stop 6 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
2. Gordon Flank Attack Trail - Stop 6
(about 400 feet away); Gordon's Flank Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morning of May 6 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gordon's Attack Falters (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Federals Fall Back (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Culpeper Mine Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Apperson Family and Lake of the Woods (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
More about this marker. The upper half of the marker displays a portrait of Brigadier General John Brown Gordon, CSA.
 
Also see . . .  Gordon Flank Attack Trail. National Park Service page detailing the Gordon Flank Attack Trail. (Submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Gordon's Tenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
3. Gordon's Tenches
Gordon's Brigade occupied trenches near the marker location during the morning of May 6.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 974 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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